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Mother Tongue Fortnight

Mooted in 2011, this 2-week long event is a platform for students to actively learn the MTL, to kindle students’ interest to use MTL and experience it as “living languages”. During the Mother Tongue Fortnight, students will be given the opportunities to participate in cultural activities. The MTL department organized fun and cultural activities for all levels from P1-P6 during the MT Fortnight Week. The students will learn valuable information about the local culture and will also have exciting hands-on activities.

The theme for year 2022 "Our Mother Tongues as Living Languages" aims to foster in our students the passion for cultural learning and encourage our students to recognize their ability to appreciate and experience MTL as a 'living language' and in a fun and engaging manner.

Some of the activities planned include Mother Tongue craft-based activities, drama appreciation, workshops on creative writing, guided reading activities and recitation competitions etc. This enabled our SKLites to learn about and appreciate our Mother Tongue traditions, culture and customs while providing the platform to hone their spoken and written skills in the language. Through this programme, MTL is made a relevant and useful language in their everyday lives and we hope to nurture all SKLites into proficient users of their Mother Tongue languages.

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Fig 1: Traditional rod puppetry based on the Chinese literary classic, Journey to the West.

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Fig 2: Our younger pupils' renditions of their favourite Chinese traditional food.

03.jpgFig 3: Guided reading post-activity: Creation of bookmarks.

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Fig 4: Lower primary students listened attentively as they learned the Dikir Barat steps and assume the role of 'awok-awok'.
Through this activity, students were given the opportunity to experience the joy of learning the Malay culture.

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Fig 5: Students showcased their abilities to project their voice and speak with the correct intonation during their
choral speaking performance based on the Malay poetry 'Singapura Dilanggar Todak'.

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Fig 6: P4 students proudly donned their traditional Malay male headgear called 'Tanjak' which they have learned
to fold as part of their P4 Virtual Learning Journey Program to Kampong Glam.

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Fig 7: After learning the criteria of an effective host, students spoke with confidence as they presented on a topic 
using suitable styles and techniques.

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Fig 8: Students were introduced to traditional characters face mask painting. They learnt the significance, 
relevance and had hands on experience of designing and creating traditional Indian face mask which are used 
as decorations and in storytelling. They learnt the traditional Indian design involved in creating 
face masks for Indian folk and mythical characters.

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Fig 9: Students learnt basic TL script writing after watching a short movie clip. The teachers will guide them
in appreciating some of the popular movies scenes and dialogues, which will be taught as a form of storytelling.
In addition, they learnt how to craft simple dialogues from the short movie scenes presented to them.

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Fig 10: Students enjoyed brain exercises in Tamil. It was designed to stimulate cognitive skills like memory,
pattern recognition, cognitive flexibility and attention. They also understood basics of brain function and learnt mind
regulation techniques through hands on activities in a fun and engaging activities.